With 85% of jobs secured thanks to networking with personal and professional connections, media law firm Tan Ward offers its top advice for those looking to perfect the art of connection.
In today’s competitive business landscape, networking has become an indispensable tool for professionals looking to advance their careers. This rings particularly true for women striving for success, especially in traditionally male-dominated industries such as the legal sector.
“Embracing the power of networking not only helps women build valuable connections but also opens doors for mentorship, career opportunities, and personal growth.” – Daniela Korn, co-owner and Head of Employment at Tan Ward.
An essential tool for anyone looking to thrive and progress within their chosen sector, knowing how to nurture relationships and engage with online communities is a skill we should all have.
“Knowing how to network efficiently is crucial for building knowledge and growing your career prospects. It also creates a supportive community that propels women forward professionally and personally,” adds Daniela.
Exploring the importance of networking, particularly for women, read on for Tan Ward’s practical tips to help you thrive in your professional journeys.
Unlock the Power of Connections
Building a solid network enables women to extend their professional reach beyond the confines of their workspace. Forming valuable connections with colleagues, industry peers, and thought leaders can provide access to invaluable insights, job opportunities, and potential business collaborations. Our advice is to attend those industry events, join professional organisations, and actively engage in online networking platforms to expand your network and cultivate strategic relationships.
Mentorship plays a pivotal role in career progression. Connecting with influential people within your work sector can provide guidance, support, and knowledge to navigate the challenges inherent in climbing the professional ladder. Seek out mentors who share similar career aspirations, values, and ambitions. Engage in mentorship programs, join mentorship circles, or personally reach out to inspiring individuals for advice and guidance.
Build a Strong Personal Brand
Networking is all about making a lasting impression. To effectively network in the legal sector, we must build a strong personal brand that showcases our expertise, skills, and unique perspectives. Attend conferences and seminars to present your knowledge, contribute to industry publications, and actively engage on social media platforms. By establishing yourself as a thought leader, you will effortlessly attract opportunities and connections within the industry.
Embrace Diversity and Inclusion
Networking should not be limited to connecting solely with like-minded individuals. Embrace diversity and actively seek opportunities to network with professionals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engaging in conversations with individuals who challenge your beliefs and perceptions can broaden your horizons and enhance your understanding of the legal sector from varying angles. Diversity and inclusion initiatives can also help build resilient networks and foster a community that supports each other’s growth.
“By actively building valuable connections, seeking mentorship, developing a strong personal brand, embracing diversity, and giving back to their network, women can unlock limitless opportunities for career advancement” – Praveen Bhatia, Co-Owner and CEO at Tan Ward.